Step-by-step description of growing bagged cucumbers


Probably, many experienced gardeners-summer residents will be surprised to learn about this innovative approach to planting cucumbers. However, bagging cucumbers is one of the best ways to get a good harvest in open beds, in greenhouses, and even on a balcony or veranda. Using this method in the country, you can significantly save space in the garden for other crops or stylishly decorate a corner of the garden. The secrets of growing cucumbers will be discussed step by step in this article.

The main features of planting cucumbers in bags

Cucumbers are a crop that is very demanding on the quality and moisture of the soil. With this method of planting, you can easily provide a layer of nutrient soil. at 20-30 centimeters and the necessary humidity even in the hottest and driest summer weather.

Cucumbers are also sensitive to soil temperature. Planting in bags allows the soil to be heated to a considerable depth, which allows plants develop faster.

Both seedlings and mature plants do not like exposure to direct sunlight.

You can provide a sufficient amount of diffused light by placing bag containers in the shade of the veranda, in shaded areas in the garden, on a balcony or loggia.

Advantages and disadvantages

The method has many advantages. The main ones are:

  • essential saving space and lack of debris;
  • the ability to grow many plants in a small area;
  • minimum expenditure of energy when caring for plants;
  • the opportunity to get a big harvest on the balcony, veranda, loggia, greenhouse;
  • ease of collection harvest.

A significant advantage is also the ability to keep the harvested vegetables longer, since they did not touch the ground during cultivation.

During transportation, cucumbers remain clean and do not rot.

The disadvantages of this method include:

  • the need to maintain a constant temperature in the bags in order to avoid overheating and death of the plant root system;
  • the difficulty of maintaining the required level of soil moisture.

It is necessary to observe a strict watering regime, since with a lack of moisture, the fruits can become bitter, and with an excess of moisture, the roots will rot and the plant will die.

How to grow a cucumber step by step

Preparation of bags and soil

For growing cucumbers, you can use strong plastic bags (transparent, black, colored), and ordinary ones made of sugar or flour. It should be borne in mind that the wider the bag, the more plants you can grow in it.

So in a standard bag 5-7 cucumber lashes will feel comfortable, and with a diameter of 1.5 meters - from 10 to 15 plants. In southern areas and in well-lit areas, it is better to use white and transparent bags, in northern latitudes and on shaded balconies and verandas - dark, gray and black shades.

To prepare a formula for one bag (50 kg), the required ingredients are:

  • 2 buckets (12 liters) of soil;
  • 1 bucket of humus;
  • 1 bucket of straw, hay or sawdust
  • 20 grams of superphosphate;
  • 2 handfuls of wood ash
  • up to 10 grams of potash fertilizers.

Each bag must be filled in the following sequence:

  1. In the day make a few holes to circulate air and remove excess moisture.
  2. Line the bottom with steamed sawdust, hay or straw.
  3. Place the soil well mixed with humus, ash and fertilizer on top.
  4. Fill 1/3 of the entire height (as the plant grows, the soil should be constantly poured).
  5. Stick a support stick up to 2 meters long into the middle and fix it securely.
  6. Stretch a wire, net or strong thick threads for subsequent placement of cucumber lashes.
  7. Roll the sides to the desired height so that the soil does not spill out.

How to plant

In the southern regions of our country, where warm weather sets in at the beginning of May, cucumbers in bags or boxes can be planted from seeds... But for the northern regions, where frosts can be observed even at the beginning of June, it is preferable grow seedlings.

Regardless of the method of planting plants in open ground, before planting, the seeds should be soaked in a little water and preferably in a transparent container. For planting, only those seeds that have sunk to the bottom are suitable, and those that float on the surface must be thrown away.

Seeds should be sown when the temperature at night stops dropping below 15 degrees and frosts on the soil surface and in the air stop.

The seed planting process consists of:

  • installation of bags on the site and filling them with soil mixture;
  • pouring soil outside for stability;
  • positioning of sticks-supports inside the bags and securing a net or wire for cucumber lashes;
  • moistening the soil;
  • processing and hardening of seeds;
  • sowing seeds into the ground to a depth of 3-5 cm;
  • covering the surface with a film before the first shoots appear.

With the seedling method of growing cucumbers, it is better to plant each seed in a separate plastic cuphalf filled with formula. As the seedlings grow, the earth must be added to the glass.

For transplanting into a bag, an earthen lump in a glass should be well moistened. Remove the seedling carefully (in no case pull the stem) so as not to damage the root and the plant itself.

Features of plant care

Cucumber care work is reduced to the following activities:

  • regular watering;
  • top dressing with organic (chicken droppings, herbal infusion) or chemical (nitrophoska, superphosphate, potassium sulfate) fertilizers;
  • the formation of bushes in order to increase the intensity of the formation of greens;
  • prevention of diseases and damage to bushes by pests;
  • removing weeds and tying growing lashes;
  • harvesting.

It should be noted that the cucumbers must be harvested every day, not allowing them to overripe. Timely collection of greens allows the bush to form a new ovary, which means it increases the period of fruiting.

Problems when planting cucumbers in bags and boxes

One of the main problems with this method of growing cucumbers is uniform and sufficient soil moisture.

Many gardeners nowadays use drip irrigation, which allows them to rationally use water. At the same time, the soil does not become waterlogged and does not dry out, which is very important for the normal formation of the bush, abundant flowering and a high-quality harvest.

Another problem can be excess sunlight, or rather the effect of direct sunlight on plants. Therefore, it is better to choose a place for placing bags in the thin shade of trees, hedges, near buildings, on an open shaded veranda.

When growing cucumbers on a loggia or balcony, you should provide the plants with diffused sunlight.

The next problem that gardeners may face is excessive planting density. It is important to remember that for the normal development of each bush, a certain amount of space is needed.

If you plant a lot of seeds or seedlings in one bag, they will poorly develop and bear fruit... Therefore, it is better to grow five full-fledged plants than fifteen - but without a good harvest.

If you follow all the rules and recommendations for growing cucumbers in bags, you can get a rich harvest of early cucumbers. Using this advanced technology, city dwellers will be able to feast on delicious vegetables from the vertical garden on the balcony all summer long. And summer residents - to receive consistently high yields, regardless of the vicissitudes of the weather.


How to properly plant and grow bagged cucumbers to get a good harvest?

Growing cucumbers in bags is a method that allows you to grow vegetables in cold climates and in a small garden area. This method quadruples the number of landings per square meter. Preparing for planting seeds is labor-intensive, but caring for the bushes will become easier.

What is the success of this planting method?

Suitable varieties of cucumbers for growing in bags

Optimal time of the year for planting

Preparatory steps before landing

Preparation of bags and seed

Seed sowing technology in bags

Protection against diseases and pests

Gardeners' mistakes when growing cucumbers in bags


Bags for planting crops take wicker or polyethylene, with a high density, with a volume of 70-90 liters. Can be taken from under sugar or for garbage (if you plan to plant in bags with slots). Polyethylene deteriorates in the sun, so it is recommended to take a couple of bags, putting one inside the other.

As for fertile soil, organic matter, humus, compost are suitable for cucumbers. Everything is mixed together with a complex fertilizer, which should include potassium and phosphorus. Prepare soil bags for growing crops as follows:

  1. Drainage is placed at the bottom, which is organic waste: grass, hay, bark.
  2. The bags are filled with soil by 2/3, watered slightly, tied and left in a sunny place for a week in order for the earth to warm up.
  3. Further, the bags are moved to where they will be permanently. They are untied and a little buried with earth for stability.
  4. Inside the bag, in the middle, you need to place a pole (pole), where over time you can tie a rope to support the cucumber lashes.
  5. At this stage, it is imperative to install an irrigation system from the remains of pipes (metal-plastic or polyethylene). You will need three trims, longer than the height of the bag, in which holes are made with a drill every 6 cm in a checkerboard pattern. At the bottom, the pipes are muffled with plasticine and a cork. The tubes are placed down the bags. For irrigation, a hose is connected to the upper end of the tube through which water is supplied.


How to properly grow bagged cucumbers

Cucumbers are usually grown on a trellis. The method helps to rationally use the sown area. He also plays on the natural weaving tendency of cucumbers. This increases the yield from a plant by 2-2.5 times, compared to growing in a plant.

But thanks to the inexhaustible imagination of vegetable growers, every season there are all ways to place cucumbers in the garden. They allow you to get full harvests of crispy greens even in small areas.

One such method is bagged cucumbers. It is ideal for small gardeners looking to make the most of their available areas.

For the method, you will need strong cucumber seedlings grown on a windowsill or in a heated greenhouse.

Ready-to-plant cucumber seedlings should be strong, with narrow internodes and have at least three true leaves.

To grow cucumbers in bags, choose a flat and sunny place on the site.

Make sure you have everything you need close at hand:

  • packing of dense garbage bags with a volume of 100-120 liters
  • three strong nylon or plastic tubes with 2-3 holes made in them
  • pole 1.5-1.8 meters long.

For reliability, I recommend nesting one package in another.

You can also use special soil bags for growing cucumbers, which are sold at horticultural centers.

Fill the bag with potting soil. Such a mixture is made up of garden soil, compost and mature manure, taken in equal proportions. Add 1-2 handfuls of wood ash to a bucket of substrate.

Place the pole in the center as the bag fills with soil. Insert three tubes near the pole so that the third part remains above the soil surface.

Punch holes in the sides of the bags in a crisscross pattern every 20 centimeters and carefully place one cucumber plant in each. This will require some skill from you. It is necessary to carefully handle the roots of cucumbers, because the culture painfully tolerates a transplant.

I have also tried sack growing cucumbers with top seedlings. But the experiment was unsuccessful - the roots of the plants were very overheated and the harvest was ridiculous.

When the bag is fully equipped with cucumber bushes, proceed to watering - supply water through the mounted tubes.

At some distance from the bag to the ground, pin 3-4 ropes, the ends of which are tied to the top of the pole. Cucumber vines will rise along them.

Planting cucumbers on top of the bag is inconvenient because the roots of the plants overheat in the heat

Cover the soil in the bag with a thick layer of mulch. It prevents moisture evaporation, and also serves as a reliable barrier to weeds.

To ensure a consistent supply of fresh cucumbers to the table throughout the season, I recommend installing at least three bags. In one you will place early varieties of cucumbers, in the other - mid-ripening, in the third - late-ripening.

Growing cucumbers in bags is suitable for all those gardeners who:

  • want to make intensive use of limited areas on the site
  • tired of endless weeding - dense bags and a layer of mulch leave no chance for weeds!
  • cannot provide cucumbers with frequent and regular watering - this is especially true during flowering and fruiting
  • want to harvest quickly, without the need to get confused in cucumber vines in search of the coveted zelents
  • have a limited supply of water on the site - through the tubes, moisture and liquid fertilizing go directly to the roots of plants, providing tangible savings
  • are not afraid of experimentation and are always looking for a more rational way to get good yields with a minimum of cost and maximum pleasure.

The yield of cucumbers in bags is higher than on a trellis

There is one small drawback to planting cucumbers in bags. In the first time after planting, until the seedlings acquire dense foliage, the black bags overheat in the hot May sun. This adversely affects the development of plant roots.

The negative effect can be reduced by creating light shading for the cucumbers during the midday hours.

It will be great if you share your own experience of growing bagged cucumbers with the readers of this blog. I am interested in any grain of your invaluable practical experience!

In the video clip, I shared another method of growing cucumbers in bags, and also considered the pros and cons of the technology.


Bag filling

The choice of fertile soil for cucumbers is a paramount task. Vegetables prefer organic matter, compost, rotted manure. Experienced agronomists add a little bit of everything to the soil, as well as complex fertilizers. But it is unprofitable to fill the entire volume with fertile soil, especially large containers, so they are half filled with plant waste. The practice is this:

  1. The bottom layer is drainage, making up half of the total volume. The bottom is clogged with grass, hay, fallen leaves and not decayed compost. Fresh manure can be added if the roots are not expected to reach the humus. Do not put sharp branches, chips - they can break the bottom.
  2. The middle layer is a quarter of the volume and consists of rotted compost or manure. It is a breeding ground for cucumbers.
  3. Loose garden soil - the top layer.
  4. If necessary, nutrients are introduced into the ground: ash, potassium, phosphorus, complex fertilizers.

Soil preparation

If a bag of standard volume (50-70 l) is selected for planting vegetables, the composition of the soil for one bed looks like this:

  • 2 buckets (20-24 L) of earth
  • bucket (10-12 l) of humus
  • hay, sawdust and other organic waste - 10 l
  • potassium - 10 g
  • superphosphate - 10 g.

The bags are filled with soil in the place where it is planned to leave them, so as not to drag the heavy bed later.

When the "beds" are filled with soil and humus, the soil is watered, in moderation.The bags are tied, put in a sunny place for 5-8 days so that the earth warms up, then carried to the shade. Cucumbers prefer coolness, they feel good under the trees, not far from the gazebo or greenhouse, by the fence. The bags are untied, deepened a little, dropping into the ground so that the bed stands firmly. You can plant cucumbers.


How to grow cucumbers in bags, step by step

So, we have considered the main factors, and now, in fact, you can perform sowing. We will need some materials, they should be prepared in advance:

  • A dense bag (for example, from under sugar or trash bags), the volume of which is from 70 to 120 liters.
  • Two-meter pole.
  • Cord (tight).
  • Three one-meter tubes. They must be empty (they will be the backbone of the irrigation system).
  • Priming. It can be prepared manually or purchased.
  • Nails.
  • Pegs (high).

If all this is collected, we proceed to the preparatory stage. Take the pre-prepared tubes and staggered through them with a drill. On one side of the pole, nails should be hammered, this is necessary to tie the cords, since the cucumbers in the bags will sprout along them. Lightweight soil is a great option to grow bagged cucumbers. It is highly discouraged to use black soil or peat.

Note that if the soil was prepared manually, then it is necessary to add humus and ash to it. Superphosphate will still not be superfluous when planting cucumbers in bags. Skilled gardeners make bag filler as follows:

  • A mixture of soil and sawdust is produced.
  • About 20 grams of nitrophoska is added to one bucket of the finished mixture.
  • Next, you need to put a layer of dandelions (fresh) in the package.
  • A layer of the mixture should be placed on top.
  • Next, you need to alternate layers.

Many are wondering how much to pour the mixture. There is no exact answer, because the height of the package affects this. It is advisable to try to make it fill about 2/3. Growing cucumbers in bags is only possible if they are placed in an upright position. In the middle, be sure to drive in a small peg. Next, prepared tubes with holes should be placed around the finished structure. Before planting cucumbers, the ground must be watered with warm water.

Now we turn directly to how the planting of cucumbers in bags of soil is carried out. It is advisable to choose varieties that are resistant to various diseases. It is allowed to grow no more than three planted seedlings in one container (bag). If you plan to plant more, then you need to make holes in the container in a checkerboard pattern and place the seedlings in them.


Pros of growing cucumbers in a barrel

In my opinion, the advantages of growing cucumbers in a barrel outweigh some of the disadvantages, and there are not many of them. I always evaluate the planting in the summer cottage according to 3 criteria:

  • I like it - I do not like it
  • The number of labor costs
  • Convenience

Practicality on the site comes out on top, since you do not live there permanently and the care of the plants is appropriate. It is necessary to plant the plants optimally conveniently and get the maximum benefit and yield from the efforts made. It's time to talk about the advantages of such landings:

  1. Garbage from your site is disposed of in drums. Cut branches, dry and wet plant residues are used. 2-3 buckets of soil are all that have to be brought and sprinkled on top of the organic residue mixture.
  2. You don't have to do heavy digging every year. Our land is clayey and very heavy. Turn over a whole layer, not everyone can choose weeds.
  3. There is no need to do work at the last moment before boarding. Filling is permissible since last summer.
  4. There will be no need to weed at all.
  5. Fertilization will have to be kept to a minimum, and this will not worsen the development of plants and will not reduce the yield.
  6. You will need to water much less and the water will not run out. Weighs will have to carry a little. On a 200 liter barrel, 2-3 three-liter pots are usually poured. You can even water with a bucket if you put a barrel of water next to it.
  7. It is better to put the barrels together and put a container of water next to it. Then labor costs in the irrigation process become minimal.
  8. The number of plants, and hence seeds, is sharply reduced. A standard 200 liter barrel is equal to a whole bed, but up to 8 plants are planted in it. Believe me, the given amount is quite enough.
  9. The harvest will grow earlier (by about 2 weeks), and in warm years it is possible to harvest twice, but the cucumbers will have to be re-planted.
  10. The space savings are enormous. A lot of free land is being liberated. This is especially useful in small areas.
  11. It is good to place the containers near the paths, then you do not have to walk on damp earth and grass in the rain. Really come up in comfortable shoes and pick cucumbers for dinner.
  12. Some are fighting with bears, and we are fighting with moles and shrews. Barrels solve this problem well.
  13. The film goes much less than a whole ridge. The savings are significant. The film is used for several years, since it deteriorates less.
  14. You don't have to bend over. For older people, this is of paramount importance.
  15. Thanks to good elevation from the ground, we avoid the first cold dews and frosts, which means we extend the vegetation of plants and fruiting for several weeks. Diseases (including powdery mildew) also begin a week or two later than in ordinary beds.
  16. If the barrel is beautifully painted or decorated, it will also become a decoration of the garden. Plants hanging and climbing up look very impressive. Imagine zucchini lying on the edges and hanging down. Neighbors quickly learn from this experience.

I have listed many of the benefits of barrel growing. Everything seems to be perfect and it cannot be otherwise. Not certainly in that way. There are several disadvantages, but they can be easily dealt with. Now I'll tell you about our experience.



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